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Virgin Media has held onto its spot at the top of Netflix's latest UK ISP Speed Index, the streaming site has announced.

The rankings aim to list the average prime time bitrate for Netflix content streamed to members during a particular month, with the company calculating the average bitrate of content in megabits per second (Mbps) streamed by Netflix members for each provider.

Virgin came out on top with a speed of 3.98Mbps, ahead of BT (3.78Mbps), Plusnet (3.48Mbps), Sky Broadband (3.33Mbps) and EE (3.27Mbps).

That is a rise on the figures recorded for 2014, which saw Virgin record 3.49Mbps, yet even the increased speed is below the broadband performance of most fixed home connections.

Netflix has even admitted that the speeds indicated are not a measure of the maximum throughput or the maximum capacity of a provider.

The service requires a minimum broadband connection speed of 0.5Mbps, while recommending speeds of 3Mbps for SD quality streaming, 5Mbs for HD, and 25Mbps for Ultra HD.

Netflix is currently the world's leading internet television network, boasting 69 million members across 50 countries.

The service offers more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films.

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